Preparing Your Child for a Tooth Extraction

For kids, the idea of tooth extraction is terrifying. Understandably, many kids are very afraid of dental procedures like tooth extraction. To ensure a smooth procedure and reduce your child’s anxiety, take the necessary steps when preparing a child for tooth extraction.

Today, we will share some helpful tips for how to prepare your child for tooth extraction.

What is a
tooth extraction in a child?

Tooth extraction is the removal of the tooth. This method is only used on adult teeth when they are beyond repair. However, sometimes children may also be getting a baby tooth extraction to set the stage for orthodontics or other dental work. Whether it is for an adult tooth or a baby tooth, we only suggest extraction when it is absolutely necessary.

For an extraction, we thoroughly numb the area. Using an elevator, we will loosen the tooth before extracting it with forceps. The process is not painful thanks to the numbing agents, and there are sedation options available.

How to Prepare Your Child for Tooth Extraction

  • Explain the reason for the procedure and its importance.
  • Emphasize that it is pain-free during the process.
  • Allow your child to express any fears or anxieties about getting a baby tooth extracted or an adult tooth pulled.
  • Work with your dentist to explain the aftercare process and what your child must do.
  • Gather supplies for recovery with your child.

Post-Extraction Care

While tooth extraction in a child is not painful, the recovery may be a little uncomfortable. It’s common to experience some swelling and pain after an extraction. Wrap ice in a towel and apply it on the face near the area of the extraction. You may also give your child pain medication like an NSAID. Your child should rinse with salt water 3x daily starting the day after the extraction, while also continuing their normal dental routine.

Children’s Dentist in Regina SK

The strategy for preparing a child for tooth extraction is to choose an experienced dentist. The children’s dentists at Signature Smiles are here to help with all of your child’s dental needs including extraction. We will consider every other option before resulting to tooth extraction, but our goal is to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and clean. We have worked with kids of all ages and create a welcoming environment for all of our patients. Schedule your appointment today with our easy online form!

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What Our Patients
Say About Us!

I just finished my orthodontic treatment with Dr. Konotopetz and it was an amazing experience. I am SO happy with my results!!!
Heidi V - Patient Review
Heidi V
2 months ago
So detailed and knowledgeable. They make sure you are very comfortable and relaxed. Had a good experience.
Mwaka Madubansi - Patient Review
Mwaka Madubansi
3 weeks ago
All the personnel are so friendly and ready to serve and to help. And Dr. Konotopetz is amazing. Especially my kids in the beginning didn't want to come , but after the first 5 minutes they enjoy to be there.
Enrid Mati - Patient Review
Enrid Mati
2 months ago
Love this office. Our 5yr old son needed after hours dental work and they were so happy to help! When we went back in the staff was so friendly and he was so excited to watch the tv again. They did a very thorough job!
Abby Kliever - Patient Review
Abby Kliever
1 month ago
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